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Letter: How is killing innocent animals conservation?

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:00 am

I was appalled by what I saw on the sports page of the Aug. 24 edition of the Lodi News-Sentinel. I believe in the Second Amendment — the right to keep and bear arms — as a means to protect your family.

Does that give you the right to kill defenseless animals, e.g. a rhino? This animal has very poor eyesight and can’t even see his killer. Are they not endangered?

A grizzly bear? What was the purpose of that? Just so you could brag to your buddies about your trophy kill?

An elephant? When you kill this animal, it changes the whole dynamic of its herd. They grieve over the loss of their loved one just like we do. So which one was it? The patriarch or matriarch of the herd, or perhaps a sister or daughter?

And last but not least, the bull moose. Did you eat the meat, or did you have it stuffed and mounted so you could admire it daily?

The most disturbing part of the whole story is that you’re teaching your children to kill as well. I pray that your children’s children will have a beautiful animal that they can watch grow up.

I would love for you, Mr. Bruce, to explain why you think killing innocent animals is about conservation.

Frances Haley

Lodi

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